Was Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons The Biggest Top 100 Players Snub This Year?

It wasn\’t until I went back over the NFL Network Top 100 Players of 2013 list today that I noticed that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons didn\’t make it. If you want to talk about a total snubbing, this is certainly a great example of one.

According to Pro Football Focus, Timmons ranked fifth on their 2012 rankings of all inside linebackers. Timmons not only was second on that list in quarterback sacks with six, but his three interceptions tied him for second behind only London Fletcher of the Washington Redskins.

So does Timmons get knocked for his coverage skills? Perhaps, but it is important to remember that the Steelers inside linebackers play a lot of zone as opposed to man with the primary goal being not to give up the big play and limit the yards after the catch. Even though he did allow a 78% completion ratio in 2012, his 73.8 quarterback rating against ranked him fourth overall in the PFF rankings.

When you look at more in depth stat sites such as Advanced NFL Stats; you will see that Timmons ranked first overall against all linebackers in the Win Probability Added department and second overall in the Expected Points Added stat. What more does Timmons have to do?

A lot of people were down on Timmons following the 2011 season, but as I pointed out previously, his play at outside linebacker that season in place of an injured James Harrison needs to be excused and taken into consideration as that is not his natural position, and it certainly doesn\’t match his skill set.

As far as durability goes, Timmons has missed all of 34 snaps the last two seasons with a handful of those including him pulled off the field in lieu of an extra defensive back.

The Steelers defense certainly has suffered over the years when safety Troy Polamalu hasn\’t been able to play due to injuries, but they have won some games without him just the same. A loss of Timmons for an extended amount of time would be even more brutal and that alone should tell how important he is to the defense.

So is Timmons the biggest top 100 list snub this year? I am sure there are a few other players from other teams that were snubbed as well, but leaving Timmons completely off the list tells you all you need to know about the credibility of the list and those players that supposedly voted on it.

  • TJimmy

    The players in this league don’t spend all their time evaluating NFL talent across the board. They mainly look at the positional talent they happen to be competing against from week to week. Snubs should be expected.

    It’s actually a good thing for Timmons to go unnoticed. Secret weapons are nice to have

  • dgh57

    He was a big time snub! He was also a snub for the Pro Bowl last season! I compared his stats a while back with the other Pro Bowl LBs and they were comparable to all other LBs in the NFL. Why this happens to him I don’t know!!

    I gotta question this poll because Flacco at #19 and Big Ben at #61?!!!

  • Dom

    It is clear that this list is built up off of memorable performances and big time plays, rather then how good or valuable a player is. That is why players like Jacoby Jones are rated so highly despite not being NFL standard #2 WR

  • Jason White

    Perfect example of how bogus that list is. Flacco couldn’t be better than Roethlisberger in Ben’s worst nightmare. Flacco is Ray Rice’s personal ball boy.

  • Hutch

    I think LT is the most valuable defensive player on the Steelers D. But, the Steelers D is not getting any respect… so there you go.

  • cencalsteeler

    This shows how bogus these lists are. Borrowing time and filling space in between seasons. It seems like a popularity contest more than anything. Based on stats alone, it is skewed, for different teams play different schemes.

  • Shea Fahr

    That Top 100 list is like a High School popularity contest..it is ridiculous.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Last year was the 1st year where I felt Timmons was a Steeler LBer. It is always nice to be recognized but his pay shows enough respect.

  • sgtrobo

    wha? Timmons was borderline DPOY in 2010, and the first half of the season was the best display of “disruptive ILB” I’ve seen from a player in the black and gold since Lambert. That said, Timmons needs to be consistent. He started off 2012 looking like 2011 all over again, and he was downright mediocre. then right after the bye week, it seemed he kicked it into gear. I also saw a bit of a different outlook in some of the schemes we ran in our front 7 and we allowed Timmons to do more of the “run and hit” thing with some gaps opening in the front line to allow him to attack, and that’s definitely where he excels

  • Ben Headrick

    I gave up on this list a few years ago when a good portion of the NFL players on twitter at the time were wondering who was even polled. They should at least tell us how they selected the players, for instance 5 defensive and 5 offensive players from each team.

  • Brendon Glad

    I love the concept of the “players top-100” but it CLEARLY needs some tweaking. The first year they only gave questionnaires to the Pro-Bowlers…this last year,I don’t know what they did…but it’s pretty flawed, in my opinion.
    The good news is that it fuels the fire of all the Steelers who were disrespected. Because THAT is the COMPETITION saying for 2 years in a row that the KC Chiefs have quite a few more “great” players than the Steelers. So I kind of like it…but it really annoys me too.
    I’ve always kinda felt the same way about the Pro-Bowl. I hate when Steelers play in them, (because only bad things can happen), but I still end up getting furious when many of them get left out….it’s a conundrum.
    But, gun to my head, I’d rather fly under the radar.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Timmons has over the years been out of position and has had a hard time covering TE’s and HB’s and hasn’t been the 1st round stud like we had hoped till really last year. He has shown potential but last year is seems to have been realized.

  • sgtrobo

    he was better in 2010 than he was in 2012. I agree that he’s had issues with being out of position, but in 2010 he was a monster, then in 2011 he was very mediocre.

  • Don

    only 3 steelers on list? Ben number 61? Outrageous! Must be because the Steelers as a whole impressed no one. But there had to be some votes out there for other players. HUH?